• Business School Celebrates 75th Anniversary


Join the Sawyer Business School as it celebrates 75 years of business education.

Suffolk University President James McCarthy and Sawyer Business School Dean William J. O’Neill, Jr. kicked off this historic year with a school-wide celebratory lunch on October 2.

The Business School has come a long way since its first accounting and business administration classes were offered in 1937. Founded by Trustee John Griffin and President Gleason L. Archer, the Business School started as a department within the College of Liberal Arts. Its first class had just two part-time faculty members and eight students.

Over the years, the Business School has expanded its degree offerings and become a leader in global business education.

In 2001, newly appointed Dean O’Neill set out to establish a global focus throughout the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Two years later, the Global MBA and undergraduate Global Business degrees were created to help students compete in the rapidly evolving global marketplace.

With an emphasis on practical, real-world experience, students gain more than just business knowledge. They learn how to adapt to dynamic work environments, think innovatively, and develop strong interpersonal and leadership skills.

In addition to high-profile recognition from publications, like Financial Times and Princeton Review, and increasing numbers of international students and faculty, graduates of the Business School are beating out their peer for coveted jobs and internships.

The Business School is known for its ambitious, career-driven students, many of whom transform innovative ideas into flourishing businesses. In the last decade, students, alumni, and faculty have successfully launched more than 30 companies.

With more than 17,000 alumni, the Sawyer Business School community is a global network of industry leaders. Alumni stay connected to the school by mentoring students, providing internships and networking opportunities, speaking at on-campus events, and serving as Executives in Residence.

The Business School will commemorate its roots with a series of events this year. Follow the Business School on Twitter and Facebook for updates and photos.

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